Windows 7 has inbuilt features that users are encouraged to use in order to keep their systems secure. Nevertheless, third party security software such as anti-malware is still required and highly recommended. Some of these features include additional tasks which may require an advanced level of computer proficiency:
By default, Windows 7 firewall blocks unrequested, unapproved incoming and outgoing traffic to reduce potential threats. At times, it may also block legitimate traffic if not properly configured and may cause applications’ problems. Connectivity issues may block applications outgoing communications when your Windows 7 machine is acting as a client or block incoming communications if your Windows 7 machine is sharing data such as, sharing folders to other clients. Other connectivity issues can happen when Windows firewall allows incoming traffic from the LAN or domain but blocks traffic from other networks.
The Windows 7 firewall controls traffic that your computer exchanges with the network or Internet and it uses rules to control this behaviour. A single firewall rule allows you to control how a specific type of network traffic behaves.
It is a good practice to keep a copy of your Windows Firewall settings together with other system-related documentation. Documentation of your system configuration may become handy during a disaster recovery exercise or when changes to your system cause undesirable results and you need to revert back to the previous settings! In order to document your Windows Firewall settings perform the following steps:
One of the most useful management tools available for Windows users is Remote Desktop. If you need to log on to a distant computer as if you were sitting in front of it and perform some management tasks you can use the Remote Desktop functionality found in Windows 7 computers. Previous versions of Windows have this functionality but in this article we will focus on Windows 7 operating systems.
Windows Firewall and WFAS work together on Windows 7 computers. WFAS allows you to configure inbound and outbound firewall rules based on ports, programs, and services. In addition, it allows you to set a rule scope and authentication. In this article we will see the main configuration elements you need to know when creating firewall rules using the WFAS.
Windows Firewall with Advanced Security (WFAS) allows you to create rules based on port addresses and services, unlike the basic Windows Firewall where you can create rules based on programs. The basic Windows Firewall should be enough for the normal safe operation of your computer but advanced users can use WFAS to: